Ill. Gov. Quinn's ethics proposal raises questions
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The idea seems simple enough: Ban Illinois lawmakers from voting or taking action on anything that might benefit them personally, all in the name of honest government.
But the ethics proposal Gov. Pat Quinn outlined in his State of the State speech has sparked questions about whom it targets and whether it's necessary as the state deals with mountainous financial problems. Some Republicans and political experts also have alleged political motives, suggesting the Chicago Democrat was simply floating the proposal to lay the groundwork for what could become a pet issue in his 2014 re-election bid.
Quinn insisted Thursday that the issue has long been his priority and said newly-sworn in lawmakers might be more receptive to such a plan.
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